Anglia Ruskin
Health Partnership
Advancing the way we care

Our vision:

To work together to deliver
demonstrable benefits to the health,
well-being and social care of our
local population, through innovation,
education and research.

ARHP currently comprises nine core members and we are always seeking new partners. We are also developing a broad network of affiliate and supporting organisations, from industry, the third sector, commissioning and patient organisations and local government.

For 2017/18 we are launching an associate membership offer for the first time to widen our reach and extend our networks. To find out more please email

Anglia Ruskin University was awarded university status in 1992. Today, with a student population of 31,000, it is one of the largest universities in the East of England, and a large provider of part-time education and business services.

Anglia Ruskin University students take courses leading to undergraduate and postgraduate degrees, as well as a range of professional qualifications. In addition to being one of the most significant suppliers of nurses and teachers to the professions, Anglia Ruskin University offers an expanding range of contemporary courses designed to meet the needs of the individual and the requirements of a knowledge-based economy.

The three campuses at Cambridge, Chelmsford and Peterborough attract students not only from the East of England, but in increasing numbers from mainland Europe and further afield. Anglia Ruskin University also has an extensive network of contacts with institutions throughout the world, delivering courses in wide-ranging countries, from Malaysia to Trinidad.

Essex County Council, based in Chelmsford, is dedicated to improving Essex and the lives of its residents. The Council’s ambition is to deliver the best quality of life in Britain. It will achieve this by providing high-quality, targeted services that deliver real value for money.

Basildon and Thurrock University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust was authorised as one of the first 10 foundation trusts in the country in 2004. It provides an extensive range of acute medical services at Basildon and Orsett Hospitals, along with X-ray and blood-testing facilities at the St Andrew's Centre, Billericay.

The Trust primarily serves a population of 400,000 in south-west Essex, covering Basildon, Thurrock and parts of Brentwood and Castle Point. Additionally, it provides dermatology services across south Essex from seven sites. The Essex Cardiothoracic Centre, also part of the Trust, delivers a full range of tertiary cardiothoracic services for the whole county and further afield.

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust serves a population of around 700,000 from a wide range of social and ethnic groups, making it one of the largest acute hospital trusts in England.

The Trust is responsible for two main hospitals: Queen’s Hospital in Romford (opened in 2006 and bringing together the services previously run at Oldchurch and Harold Wood Hospitals) and King George Hospital, which was built from new in 1993 and complements the overall offering. The Trust also serves clinics across outer north-east London and runs some services from Barking Hospital.

The Trust operates two A&E departments at King George and Queen’s Hospitals, and a full range of local hospital services. In addition, it offers a cancer centre, regional neuroscience centre and Hyper Acute Stroke Unit at Queen’s to provide specialist care.

The Trust is committed to working closely with our partners in the community to place patients’ needs at the centre of our care.

Colchester Hospital University NHS Foundation Trust has two main sites: Colchester General Hospital and Essex County Hospital. The Trust provides healthcare services to around 370,000 people from Colchester and the surrounding area of north east Essex.


Colchester General Hospital opened in 1984. There are 596 inpatient beds (general and anaesthetic), 44 maternity beds (including at Clacton and Harwich hospitals) and 12 critical care beds. (This doesn't include cots or A&E.)


Essex County Hospital was opened in 1820 and until October 2014 had two inpatient wards used for oncology (cancer) patients. It has long been the strategy of this Trust and our predecessor organisations to centralise acute services at Colchester General Hospital. In April 2014 the Board of Directors announced its intention to transfer all services and departments off the Essex County Hospital site. Chemotherapy had already moved to the General in October 2013 and the Radiotherapy Department relocated in June 2014 to a brand-new £25m Radiotherapy Centre. Rhys Lewis and Jefferson wards moved to the newly-refurbished and extended West Bergholt Ward at the General site in October 2014.

Mid Essex Hospital Services NHS Trust provides a comprehensive range of acute and community based services. It also hosts regional plastics, head and neck and upper gastrointestinal (upper GI) surgical services and a supra-regional burns service to a population of 9.8 million.

The Trust, based in the heart of Essex, employs over 3,800 staff, delivering services from five sites in and around Braintree, Chelmsford and Maldon. The main site is Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford, which has been redeveloped as part of a £148m Private Finance Initiative (PFI).

The Trust enjoys a strong clinical reputation and provides a wide range of services including A&E, emergency medicine and surgery, elective surgery in most specialties, and maternity and paediatric services.

The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust is located in Harlow, Essex and is a 489 bedded District General Hospital providing a comprehensive range of safe and reliable acute and specialist services to a local population of 258,000 people.

The Trust is committed to the core principles of the NHS which are to provide services that meet the health needs of everyone and are free at the point of delivery.

The Trust will shape its services around the needs of all patients including providing access to and information about its services to all who may choose to use it, and in a manner which promotes the greatest level of understanding and accessibility.

Southend University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (SUHFT) was formed under the Health and Social Care (Community Health and Standards) Act 2003 and was authorised as a Foundation Trust in June 2006.

The Trust provides acute services from its main Prittlewell Chase site and at outlying satellite clinics across the region. SUHFT maintains nearly 700 inpatient beds, serving a local population of 338,800. It has over 4,500 staff (comprising 175 consultants and over 300 doctors, 1,200 nurses and 2,800 support staff).

The Trust provides a comprehensive range of acute services, encompassing acute medical and surgical specialties; general medicine; general surgery; orthopaedics; ear, nose and throat; ophthalmology; cancer treatments; renal dialysis; obstetrics and gynaecology; and children's services. SUHFT is the south Essex surgical centre for uro-oncology and gynae-oncology surgery and considered to be a centre of excellence for the care of stroke. It also delivers breast screening, ophthalmology and orthodontic services to the wider south Essex population.

South Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust (SEPT) provides community health, mental health and learning disability services for a population of approx 2.5 million people throughout Bedfordshire, Essex, Luton and Suffolk.

SEPT works with a wide range of partner organisations to deliver care and support to people in their homes and from a number of hospital and community based premises. It has many modern, community based resource centres and clinics, providing local services to local people where possible.

UCLPartners was designated as an Academic Health Science Centre (AHSC) in 2009. This partnership, between universities and healthcare providers, ensures that medical research breakthroughs lead to direct clinical benefits – at speed and pace – for patients and populations. It has already achieved significant successes, including the delivery of a unified stroke service across North Central London.

UCLPartners have progressively welcomed new organisations to the partnership, expanding the population focus and enhancing its academic strengths. UCLPartners has also successfully become an Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), and also supports the oversight of other important national designations, including the Clinical Resarch Network: North Thames.